Carlisle Area School District’s director of finance, Shawn J. Farr, will be the next chief financial officer at Central Penn College.

The college announced the appointment in a news release Friday.

Farr has been the director of finance and board secretary for Carlisle Area School District since 2012.

“I am honored and excited to be joining the management team of Central Penn College as its chief financial officer,” Farr said. “Under the dynamic leadership of President [Linda] Fedrizzi-Williams, the future direction of the college is bright.”

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Farr has administrative and financial management experience in the public and private sectors, including higher education, K-12 school systems, nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies.

For more than 15 years, he worked in the California State University system, holding a variety of positions, including assistant director for business management at CSU, financial adviser for the office of the chancellor, and CFO for the Foundation at CSU, Fullerton.

After working at the Annenberg Foundation and then the Greater Philadelphia First Foundation, Farr served as the chief operating officer at the Harrisburg City School District and as a special assistant to the Pennsylvania secretary of education.

“I’m looking forward to making a difference in the lives of our students as they pursue their educational dreams,” said Farr, who grew up in the Los Angeles area.

Farr resides in Dickinson Township with his wife, Shireen. He begins his duties as CFO on May 6.

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